I made the title of this article the ‘Breakdown’ of the Newcastle squad and that quite literally is what is happening, the collection of players that began this season (and beyond) contracted to the club is falling apart.

Already we have seen the departures of Hatem Ben Arfa, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Davide Santon, with Sylvain Marveaux also clearly having no future at the club despite a year still remaining on his contract.

This though is the tip of the iceberg with Mike Ashley having consistently reduced the size of the squad in recent seasons.

At the end of the January transfer window all Premier League clubs were required to name their 25 man senior squad (players who qualified as being 21 or under were additional to the senior squad), United could only name 23 and they are listed below.

Four of the 23 see their contracts run out this summer and difficult to see any of Ryan Taylor, Jonas, Sammy or Facundo Ferreyra getting kept on, unless of course relegation strikes…

Assuming though safety is assured, that would leave 19 of that 23 man senior squad.

Potentially Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow will come into the Newcastle squad, unless loaned out again, but neither have played a single game in the Premier League and surely must still be seen as players for the future, at best.

However, another six of that 19 will only have a year left on their deals, including all three centre-backs. This means only 13 of this season’s senior squad have contracts running beyond a year’s time, this group including of course the decent players such as Krul, Janmaat, Cisse and Sissoko who are almost sure to be targeted this summer by other clubs.

Allowing such a large part of the squad to run down their contracts without making significant investment to strengthen the squad, is surely Mike Ashley’s retail equivalent of selling off your better stock and seeing the shelves emptying and not bothering to properly replenish the disappearing lines. Meaning customers being met by near empty shelves….

Newcastle United are now paying the price for Mike Ashley buying no new senior players in three of the last four transfer windows, whilst letting a lot of players walk out the door, or helping them on their way.

This now creates a need for massive numbers needed this summer and two big questions: will Mike Ashley allow the money to be spent and even if a lot of new players came in, just how quickly (especially if most/all are from abroad) could they be absorbed successfully into the Newcastle squad?

Contracted t0 Summer 2017 or beyond

Tim Krul, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Daryl Janmaat, Vurnon Anita, Remy Cabella, Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, Yoan Gouffran,  Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Papiss Cisse, Emmanuel Riviere

Contracted t0 Summer 2016

Rob Elliot, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan

Contracted t0 Summer 2015

Ryan Taylor, Sammy Ameobi, Jonas Gutierrez, Facundo Ferreyra

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  • Meditative Mag

    Idling away waiting for son to wake up and I realised I had not read anything NUFC related for some time. Was not following results or listening to games. Decided to look at the mag to catch up and you know…….I’m just not that interested any more. My love for the club has died…maybe forever…I hope not. Anyway…..all the best to everyone. Hopefully one day things might change.

  • BrianKD

    I personally think whatever players come in and whichever division we are in, we need to change the head cook and bottle washer first. without this and a major change in the coaching staff, nothing will change.

  • Jarmin Geordie

    Jonas may well have lost a bit in his legs but his heart is stil as big as ever, if every player gave the 100% he does we wouldn’t be in the relegation mess

  • DownUnderMag

    Both Raylor and Jonas give their all, they’ve both been through a lot but are welcome squad additions, it isn’t their fault they are finding themselves first choice with the weight of the clubs future on their shoulders when realistically they should be back-up players…

  • XerxesVargas

    This summer is going to be a fiasco. We could well spend £60 mil and be in a worse position than we are now.

    I’ll give you a pound to a penny that we sell all or most of – Krul, Sissoko, Janmaat, Tiote, Cisse and likely  Perez – this summer. With the 4 who are out of contract and Colo who people seem to be saying will be off this summer back to Argentina, well that’s the best part of a whole side. 

    His mooted £100 mil or even the equally unlikely figure of £60 mil (it’ll be whatever those combined sales, which aren’t in the last few days of the window, will generate) its still not going to be enough.

    We’re going to get battered next year. Again.

  • TheBoneYard

    Majority of the players are simply just not good enough, some players may well give their all every game, which NUFC fans masively appreciate, but lack of quality and intelligence eventualy shows. It would seem the players are becoming akin to the sports wear sold in SD………poor quality merchandise made abroad wrapped up in a household brand name, ppl think thet are buying slazenger, umbro, karrimor etc (all decent quality brands at one point in time) the truth being they are buying crap……a footballer pulls on the NUFC shirt, he must be good, not so……NUFC seems to be just another Ashley Brand.
    From the remaining players as mentioned in the article, how many would you consider to be of premiership standard ? how many do you want to see in the NUFC shirt next season ?………Lets rattle off some names……..Sissoko, Cisse, Tiote, De Jong, Colo, Cabella, Colback, S Taylor – all in my opinion either not good enough, unintelligent, injury prone or all 3………..Others like Perez, Haidara, Aarons are worth developing…………Krul and Janmaat are premiership quality…….the rest are not worth mentioning. Its worth considering which players would make the squad of any of the better premiership clubs.
    Via the clubs one dimensional business plan (make money) the type of players NUFC can sign are all of a certain criteri. This will not change under the Ashley dictatorship !

  • Andgeo

    When you say ‘better premier league clubs’ do you mean the 16 teams above us??? I agree with you on your squad summary only krul and janmaat are as good as anyone in their positions if properly motivated. So we need 9 new first teamers. I don’t think we will get one!! Needs to spend at least £20m on the defence and £30m on the attack, and that’s before he starts wheeling and dealing.

  • Andgeo

    Another two years of gouffran!??

  • TonnekToon

    Andgeo Unfortunately yes, possibly in the championship I’m afraid.

  • Jarra MIck

    I’m sure we will see another scattergun approach in the summer. Buy a group of foreigners most of who will be out of contract or injury prone and keep our fingers crossed. Who knows we might get another janmaat then again we might not.

  • Jarmin Geordie

    A team of:-  Darlow–Streete, Lascelles, Dummet, Haidara–.Abeid, Colback—Anita, Vuckic, Ferguson–Riviere, would probably do a job (but not bouncing straight back up) in the championship without any Ashley investment, with Woodman, Obertan, S.Taylor, Williamson, Gouffran, Bigirimana, Satka, Mbabu, Roberts, Heardman and a couple of other youngsters as back up, but hopefully it doesn’t come to this and we avoid relegation but sadly I think that will be the nucleus of our squad next season regardless which division and then with Carver in charge we’re doomed again regardless of which division

  • Toon Magpie

    We have the best manager in the league, we will stay up. John Carver for manager of the month award. The one point we picked up could keep us up.